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The ecstasy and torture of adventure racing

Sep 23, 2012

Hamilton law firm Tompkins Wake put a superb effort to win this year's Great Cranleigh Kauri Run's 13 kilometre corporate challenge across Coromandel Peninsula.
Twelve teams lined up to run up eight kilometres of steep hills to the lookout and then down to the finish at White Star Station at Colville.

Cranleigh Young Gun Devon Nel put in a superb effort to finish second overall in a time of 1:08.
All members of both Cranleigh teams finished and the average time of the teams was calculated to give placings.

More than 300 keen adventurers took part in the event lining up on the white sands of Waikawau Beach on the eastern coast of Coromandel to run either 72, 32, 21 or 13 kilometres.

Part of the race is its strong environmental focus and kauri trees are planted every year for each person who takes part in the run pushing their limbs through torture in pursuit of adventure racing. Cranleigh's aim is to plant 10,000 trees to create an avenue of Kauri trees from Waikawau to Coromandel. So far 2000 trees have been planted and another 900 will go into the ground this year.

Corporate Challenge results: Tompkins Wake 6:04:24; Cranleigh Young Guns 6:07:05; Steven Comber 6:28:09. Cranleigh A Team came sixth in a time of 7:07:26.

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